dan puplett

nature awareness


"Dan Puplett has been providing woodland ecology training to Aigas rangers for a number of years. These days out are always a highlight of the training programme. As well as his extraordinary knowledge, Dan has a patient and gentle teaching technique, which encourages our young staff to ask questions and to learn in an unpressured and immersive environment.

I would thoroughly recommend him. . ."

Warwick Lister-Kaye

General Manager - Aigas Field Centre

“It's always a pleasure to explore nature with Dan, whether in deep wilds or closer to home. His quiet but enthusiastic approach helps others to slow down, focus and so notice the subtle signs of birds, mammals and more that are there if you take time to watch, listen and learn. He's an excellent teacher, guide and travelling companion.”

Dr Kenny Taylor

Writer, naturalist and former chair of Trees for Life

“Dan is a very knowledgeable, capable and enthusiastic naturalist and educator who has helped us enormously with our tracking project. I highly recommend him.”

Robin Rigg

Chairman – Slovak Wildlife Society

“Dan combines a depth of nature connection with an engaging way of teaching, creating a fun and friendly workshop that I both learned from and enjoyed. His courses are strongly recommended.

Chris Johnstone

Co-author, Active Hope

“Dan was invited to deliver nature awareness training to Scottish Wildlife Trust Junior Branch Adult volunteers … We had a very informative and engaging walk with Dan, and came away from the event with a deeper appreciation of nature and our connection to it.  We very much enjoyed Dan’s training and will definitely approach him for more sessions in the future.”

Lynne Laing

Moray Wildlife Watch Group Organiser

Tracking Workshops

“I thought this was an excellent day out, a good balance of being informative and very enjoyable.

I have already recommended it to several other people. I will never walk along a footpath in quite the same way again...”


“Fantastic day out with Dan!”


“Dan's breadth of tracking knowledge and experience add valuable perspective and depth to survey skills for professional ecologists who are undertaking surveys for protected species. Dan really knows his stuff!”  Sean Reed CIEEM, Reed Ecology

“My daughter and I spent the day with Dan on a tracking and foraging day and what a fantastic day we had!  Dan is very knowledgeable and great with kids, he makes all of the activities fun but it is his infectious sense of wonderment and curiosity at the natural world which makes this day so special. Highly recommended.”


Dan imparts his huge breadth of knowledge with humour . . . I learnt an incredible amount about what goes on in Nature when we're not around to see it directly, tuning in to the subtle clues and signs that are everywhere once we know how to read them.

    I went on to participate in a Cybertracker 'Track and Sign Evaluation', in which I fared better than I'd expected, largely thanks to Dan's effective mentoring and encouragement.  Thanks Dan!  The woods seem more abundant with life than ever!


Night Skies Workshops

“I have always wanted to learn more about the night sky and found this an inspiring evening. Your knowledge and enthusiasm all helped make it a really rich experience. Thank you!”


“I really enjoyed the night skies evening … I have attended two courses taken by Dan and have found him to be an excellent instructor, providing explanations at a basic level for those (like myself) with little previous knowledge.  He also makes great use of visual aids to enhance understanding, making the courses informative, rewarding and hugely enjoyable.”


Foraging Workshops

“What made the day special was the combination of learning, doing, and tasting! I've made elderberry cordial several times since the workshop and have loved having the knowledge of not only knowing how to forage, but also how to do so responsibly.”


“I really enjoyed the autumn foraging course - I learned a lot and it was great to have a go at cooking with some of the food that we foraged.”

Laura Smith

Spey Bay Ranger - Scottish Wildlife Trust

“Loved the foraging day especially learning how to process wild foods. But most importantly learnt (things) I have been able to use since the course. Dan is great at leading and is open to new knowledge and highly knowledgeable. A good fun day that I recommend to all who like the outdoors.”


Fire Skills

“Dan's Egyptian bowdrill and fire skills workshop was packed full of hands on experience. Dan has a very relaxed and gentle nature about him and is always willing to answer (even the simplest of) questions. Dan is clearly highly experienced and I would recommend attending his workshops. Thanks again, Dan!”